A German wind turbine supplier has joined the Production Tax Credit development rush in the United States -- and last month it was due to be the first to install a wind farm of 1 MW turbines in California. If all went according to plan, the first four of ten N54 turbines shipped from Nordex Balcke-Dürr's Danish manufacturing facility are now on line and turning in San Gorgonio Pass near Palm Springs.
The company's Jens Pedersen says the quick delivery is the result of an "extraordinary effort" by all involved. The order was received in October, the turbines shipped on November 14, received in Los Angeles on December 12, and installed by December 31. The remaining six turbines will be installed by June 30. All the machines have 60 metre towers.
The project's developer is Shadow Mountain Wind Power, based in Orange, California. The turnkey contractor is California wind industry veteran Clare Lees, under the name BCL & Associates. Lees says the fast construction schedule is being followed to make the most of the high wind season. "This is the best time," he says. The machines are being erected on an Energy Unlimited site.
Financing is through Danish company Tolstrup & Partner, which is selling 90 shares in the wind farm to nine private investors in Denmark under the name K/S Whitewater Wind Power Invest 1.